AMES, Iowa - When Iowa State Athletics Director Jamie Pollard brought Paul Rhoads back to his native state and the Cyclone football program, Pollard called on an Iowan whose ISU roots are only exceeded by his exemplary resume. Rhoads was welcomed back to the Iowa State campus in a Dec. 20 press conference long on feelings of warmth for a man who was coming home. Born in Nevada, Iowa, just 10 minutes from Jack Trice Stadium, Rhoads came back to Iowa State after most recently coaching as defensive coordinator at Auburn. His stellar track record complements his Iowa roots. The man who was valedictorian at Ankeny High School, one of the largest schools in the state, located just 20 minutes south of Ames, was the ideal individual to take control of the ISU football program.

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